Björn Guth Photography capturing the world en-us Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Winterleuchten Dortmund]]> Winterleuchten Dortmund

Some time around Christmas my brother mentioned the Winterleuchten at the Westfalenpark in Dortmund and that he planed on going there to take some pictures. But since I didn’t hear anything about it from him afterwards, I thought it would be off the table. The weather also wasn’t very inviting, so I wasn’t too disappointed.

So it all the more surprising when I got a mail from him about going, especially since it should have been close for a week. But because of the bad weather they were not able to fire the fireworks, they planed to celebrate the end of the event.

And so it was that one Saturday in January we met in Dortmund at took the subway to get get to Westfalenpark and take some pictures. The whole show was not to interesting and also there were allot of people to see the fireworks which made it quite difficult to take some nice pictures. To have more time, we decided to skip the fireworks and go on taking pictures of the light installations. There also wasn’t to much to be missed since you can’t really ignore fireworks and it wasn’t a to impressive one on top. But we used the time and got at least a few nice pictures.

The next interesting event will take place in a cave in Iserlohn, but since this wasn’t to overwhelming I am not sure whether I will attend it. Also the fact of it being in a cave might make up for it.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[and finaly it is 2015]]> and finaly it is 2015

And now it is 2015…

Also you might have perceived there is also a new blog. It was some work between Christmas and now and it will be allot of work in the future until it has all the features I plan it to have, but I hope you like it.

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Dorffest zum Ende des Siebenjährigen Krieges]]> Dorffest zum Ende des Siebenjährigen Krieges

If you are following this blog, you should know that I’m a big fan of historical reenactment. I even managed to drag my parents into the reenactor community and they started to be much more active within it then I with my limited resources could accomplish. Like most if not all reenactors within Germany we started doing events set in medieval times but since the quality for most of them here in Germany is so horrifically bad (there are nearly no real historical reenactment events but only medieval fairs) I more and more lost interest in it and nowadays I join in to about one or two medieval events a year.

My parents on the other hand got some time ago the offer to join in on a event set within the era of the Seven Years’ War and so they slowly started to get acquainted with the community revolved around this era. Nearly two years ago I visited them at an event in Minden at which I also took photos and wrote a small post here. I was fascinated by the level of authenticity they achieve and since since the lack of it is the main reason for me to dislike medieval fairs, I naturally wanted to take part and join this community. My first event as active participant was the “Zeitreise ins 18. Jahrhundert” in Fulda. I didn’t write about it here, but posted pictures at my flickr page and you can see them over there.

And so in the beginning of May I found myself at the “Mühlenhof-Freilichtmuseum”, an open-air museum exhibiting besides some other old buildings also several different mills and for the following four days about 70 reenactors celebrating the end of the Seven Years’ War (and since we were at it also three silver weddings).

It was allot of fun although the weather might have been better. It wasn’t really bad either, but a bit to cold and especially since on Friday only very view people visited the museum you could easily get a cold back while sitting around and thinking what to do. But whenever there where people visiting there always was quite allot of action and an huge number of little things going on all around the the museum: a blacksmith working the forge, nobility strolling around and all the time there were some of the soldiers marching, exercising or just enjoying their time off duty. Not to forget all the other people bustling around.

After all it was a really nice event and I can’t await the second weekend in august when the doors to the “Zeitreise ins 18. Jahrhundert” will again open its door at palace Fasanerie near Fulda.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Caving trip to Jura]]> Caving trip to Jura

It was quite a while since my last post here, but finally there are some new images to see.

Since now one year, I am an active member of SAGA, the speleology club local to Aachen, and so it happened that I went on at trip to Jura in France to some of the huge number of caves there. We stayed at a house in Amathay-Vésigneux and from there I joined in the adventure of exploring a total of six caves in six days. A quite demanding, but not to hard program.

Unfortunately, since I do not yet posses the necessary equipment to safely transport my camera within caves, I was not able to take photos within them. So except for one, there are no pictures from within caves. But this is am drawback, which I hope to eliminate within this year.

Nevertheless I hope you enjoy the presented photos and if so you might also press the flattr button beneath this post.

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Aachen at night]]> Aachen at night

Here you can find some pictures I took through Aachen at night.

If you like them, leave a comment and perhaps even click the flattr button.

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[2013!]]> 2013!

And now it is 2013! To everyone a happy new year!

In this year I hope to increase my photographic output and plan to bring at least one blog post every week, so stay tuned for new pictures.

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Thrash the Rainbow 2012]]> Thrash the Rainbow 2012

So it finally happened: I shot my first concert!

A little bit more than a month ago, I was at the SAP, a student party celebrated at the beginning of each winter semester, and at some point someone gave me a flyer of some small metal gig here in Aachen. Again at home I started to research that gig a little bit and thought: Why not ask whether I would be allowed to take some pictures.

After a little bit of waiting, I got an OK and so I went to a small community centre to try out something new. After all, it was a fun evening and, if I don’t forget, I will be there next year.

Although there were some difficulties: At first it was a really small place, which is pretty cool if you come to watch the show and listen to the music. But since the stage was so small, it was really hard to get separated pictures of each band member. How hard you tried, always a headstock, an elbow or a head in the frame. And since there was no press pit, especially when Dark Crusade as head liner were playing, I had to shot over the head banging crowd at the edge of the stage. And finally there was the lighting. Due to the small place there were only two lines of lights at both sides of the stage, which gave a not the best light to the bands. But if you don’t want to take pictures, this place is just great: There is on way to get nearer to the bands with out climbing the stage!

So after all, it was a great evening with great music. To get to more pictures, just follow the links in the running order bellow or use the arrow on the right.

(These posts will follow in a short wile)

At the end I hope you enjoyed the pictures, so leave a comment and if you want to support me, press the flattr button.

Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Family Reunion in Zella-Mehlis]]> Family Reunion in Zella-Mehlis

This weekend, I made a more extraordinary trip Zella-Mehlis in Thuringia to meet some of my relatives and, well of course I took my camera with me. Aside from some private pictures, I will not present here, I also had the opportunity to take some more neutral pictures on some small trips I made.

The first trip was a small hike to find some geocaches. I walked quit a distance to find the first one and when I arrived at the given location, it took me some time to find the cache. So I signed the logbook and headed for the next one, but soon I got a call from my mother informing me that there would be a trip to a motor vehicle museum in Suhl. So far the weather hadn’t been great, but at least it was dry. But since it just started to rain, I decided to abort the hunt and got picked up to look at some cars and quite a view motorbikes. Later that day, we also visited an old stamp forge, where the last three picture were taken.

After all it was a great weekend and I hope, and I am quite sure I am not alone on that, to repeat this some time.

Sat, 10 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Zombie Walk Aachen]]> Zombie Walk Aachen

By pure coincidence I became aware of this event in the middle of last week and I thought “why not?” At least it would be a possibility to test the low light capabilities of my camera in pretty bad conditions.

So I got my ass up and went to the place, where all the fun should start: the Katschhof, a square between the Aachen Cathedral and the town hall. At first I tried to take some pictures with the 70-200mm which was impossible to handle because it was practically in the middle of the night. So I equipped my camera with a flash, but the extra light was destroying the atmosphere of the shots so I finally took pictures with the 24-70mm, without the flash and at in my experience with other cameras purely insane ISO numbers. In the end I am rather happy with the outcome, even though the pictures contain allot of grain, but on the one hand I wouldn’t have been able to take these pictures with the old D300, and on the other hand it is only grain and even at a 100% crop of the images there is no colour noise visible so I am rather happy to have the D800

The event in itself also was a lot of fun since the participants put quit allot of effort in their costumes and make up and when when I took a short cut to get to the front of the mass, a rather scared child ran past me and away from the zombie masses. Mission accomplished I would say…

But finally the rest of the pictures and as always if you like them, press the flattr button beneath the gallery.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Geocaching through Aachen]]> Geocaching through Aachen

Still the same weekend as the last post, we went Sunday to on a tour through Aachen and despite some difficulties at the start, we managed to find quit some caches and since there were more caches to discover, I took less images. Still I hope you like them and as always don’t hesitate to klick the flattr button.

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Geocaching around the Eyneburg]]> Geocaching around the Eyneburg

This weekend, I had some friends stay at my home. After a partly not so successful first evening, we went out to Kelmis to visit the Eyneburg and possibly find some geocaches. Since one had problems with her knee, we split up in two groups, the one geocaching, the other doing some light promenading.

To my shame I have to confess that it was not the most successful tour, but at least I took some nice photos. I hope you like them and as always don’t hesitate to klick the flattr button beneath.

Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Middeleeuws Ter Apel 2012]]> Middeleeuws Ter Apel 2012

Since it was once again time to go to Ter Apel, you can see that the first year of this photo blog is now definitely over. And once again it was a very interesting and educative event, in terms of reenactment as well as photography. For example it was the first time I really tried to capture a battle and while I thought during the action I did a good job, during processing I realized a lot of thing I have to do better next time.

But now a little bit about the event. The first thing, I noticed, was the size, which increased quit impressively over the last years. With that I also recognized a decline in the quality of the shown reenactment. Please don’t understand me wrong: Middeleeuws Ter Apel still has quality in the shown stuff, which is far above most medieval events in Germany and nearly all I have so far been to. But there are for example more reenactors wearing motorcycle boots or other not fitting cloths or one camp, which had a pushchair and other stuff for babies laying around under their awning.

After thinking a little bit, I came up with three reasons for these flaws: Number one might be that by getting bigger an event of cause needs more camps and so it is harder for the organizers to pick only the high quality camps. Perhaps there even aren’t enough high quality camps willing to participate at a particular event, for multiple possible reasons and not necessarily a to low quality of the event in the first place (in the case of Middeleeuws Ter Apel I don’t think that is the case, but on the other hand I am no expert on the medieval reenactor scene, so don’t weigh my words to much.) An other reason for my observation especially of low quality reenactors walking around at the area might be that these weren’t reenactors from camps, but visitors. This is of cause a problem not easy to handle by the organizers, but I think there are some events, which have a very interesting and I think also effective solution: only visitors in modern clothes are allowed entrance. And if there are people, who want to go in fitting clothes, they have to register and show pictures of there clothes. That is a rather hard regulation, but I think it would be an improvement to the quality and the ambiance of an event. At last it could also be that there isn’t really that much an decline in quality, but I am just more trained in seeing not fitting parts in a presentation. Since I am also constantly trying to improve my own stuff and therefore have to learn more about everything concerning a given epoch, there is also more I can spot not fitting to it. That would mean it isn’t a objective development, but my subjective perception.

I don’t think it is possible to point the finger to one of the problems and by fixing it reversing all the development, but it rather is a combination of these and other problems, I so far didn’t even came up with, and therefore it is not really possible to fix everything. Not at last it is not possible to present a perfect reenactment, since not everything can be reproduced and in the end we all are people of the 21st century, so there will always be flaws in the presentation, which will be spotted by an expert eye.

But after writing so much negative stuff, I want again point out that it was a great day in Ter Apel and that I had allot of fun, so I am excited to visit Middeleeuws Ter Apel again next year.

And really as last point in this post, if you like the pictures I took, please click the flattr button beneath the gallery, so I can on the one hand bring you more pictures and on the other hand improve my equipment.

Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[MINDENer Leben 1762]]> MINDENer Leben 1762

This was my first excursion into the 18th century and I have to say, I was amazed! But I also was very happy that I had no fitting clothes and had to wear normal nowadays stuff, since wearing several layers of wool and linen isn’t exactly the kind of garment one want to wear while facing possible the hottest days of the year. And I have to take my hat off to all the reenactors who did it without showing to much of their suffering and I bet there was allot.

Nevertheless it was a great weekend, everyone I talked to was very open-minded and I got asked more then once whether I would be interested in joining this genre of reenactment. And after all I have to say I am.

So I hope you enjoy the pictures for which I had to pay allot of sweat and as always don’t hesitate to klick the flattr button beneath the gallery.

Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Testing my new camera]]> Testing my new camera

Finally I have my own DSLR!

So I had also to go out and take some shots with it but I didn’t know, that at the same evening the second night run through Aachen took place and so I took the opportunity and shot some pictures of the athletes. It was allot of fun and I think besides the fact, that I have to practice with my new baby, there are some good pictures, which you can see below.

As always, if you like the pictures, don’t hesitate to click the Flattr button beneath the gallery.

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[500 years town hall Osnabrück]]> 500 years town hall Osnabrück

After some time I finally got again the chance to shoot some new pictures. So yesterday I was in Osnabrück at the first event in the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the building of the town hall of Osnabrück, which will go one till October with a verity of different events. This building is mostly known for being together with the town hall of Münster the two places in which the Peace of Westphalia, the peace treaty to end the 30 years’ war, were debated and in 1648 signed.

So to start the celebration, they invited some reenactors of the 14th and 15th century to show some aspects of the time in which the town hall was build. Of special interest for me was a cambist, who showed some aspects of the medieval administration and demonstrated the craft of checking the value of coins with medieval techniques. Also interesting were a group of guys, who put weapons and parts of armour on display, and later also made a show putting one of them in his armour, doing some exercises to illustrate the freedom of movement a suit of armour provides. Running around in a circle and doing push-ups was, surprise surprise, not the slightest problem. Afterwards he got a short instruction in fighting with a pollaxe. To put all in a nutshell, it was a very entertaining and educating show at an level of quality rarely seen at German events.

Altogether it was an event with an level of quality and historical accurateness like only too few in Germany. I would wish to find more of these events with reenactors, who know what they are doing, have researched there displayed subjects, and dress in a fashion used in the shown ages. It would be a great surplus if most of the so called German “medieval fairs” and “medieval groups” would become extinct to make room and awareness for new reenactment events and reenactors in the medieval ages. There are some hight quality events in the ages of the ancient world, especially the time of the Roman empire, and the modern ages, especially in the times of Friedrich the great and Napoleon, but especially in the genre of medieval reenactment German events are at a point from which there is nearly only a way up. But since nearly all events are mostly driven by the idea of commerce and not historical accuracy, at the moment there seems to be no possibility or intention to establish a larger scene of reenactmant here in Germany. Not speaking of the level of hate and disgust, with which everyone mentioning historical accuracy gets treated.

So all I have to say, is, I am glad there are events like the one I visited yesterday and people, who despite the medieval genre in Germany are working so hard at there equipment and, more importantly, at there own knowledge and the one of the audience.

So enjoy my pictures and if you like them you can also click the flattr button beneath the gallery.

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Anti ACTA demonstration Münster]]> Anti ACTA demonstration Münster

Today I have something different to share and it is going to be a little bit political. Last week I red about a anti ACTA demonstration in Aachen today, but since I was going to spend the weekend at me parents I wasn’t able to go there and after a short search on the internet I found out, that there was also a demonstration in Münster and so I decided to joint them in their fight against ACTA.

If you have no idea what ACTA is and how it could influence the Internet and also the rest of the world, just read hear (link deprecated).

So today I marched together with about 1000 people through Münster and tried to show our disapprove with the plans of ACTA and I have to say, I was really surpriced about the number, taking account of the temperature and the fact, that the German government decided to not sign the agreement.

But no more words, I’ll just let the pictures speak for them self and if you like them, click the flattr button.

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Middeleeuws Ter Apel 2011]]> Middeleeuws Ter Apel 2011

In early September 2011 I made a trip to Mideleeuws Ter Apel, one, if not the best medieval fair I attended so far. It is always frustrating to see how bad most of the medieval fairs in Germany are, especially knowing, only a few meters over the border to the Netherlands there is an event, were people try more then only camping in clothes they have seen in a cheep Hollywood flick and then claim to be medieval.

The event is placed around the medieval monastery of Ter Apel founded in 1465, which is just the right ambience for a late 15th century reenactment event. There is also a battle between soldiers of Groningen and Ter Apel for the independence of Ter Apel. The victory of the poor small Ter Apel over the oppressor is of cause unavoidable. But taking photos of a battle seems to me like advanced sports photography and so in order to get usable pictures I need to practice more.

But never the less I think I got some good pictures of the event. All are taken with a Nikon D300 and most of them with a Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3

So I hope for more events at such a high quality level and more German organisers, who change form commercial to quality.

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[GENIALE 2011 Bielefeld]]> GENIALE 2011 Bielefeld

This is now the second part of a trip, I made as a guest of the group Experimentum. You can see the pictures of the first part at the previous post.

The destination of this trip was the GENIALE at Bielefeld, a science fair during the whole week. We were part of medieval section, which was presented for two days at the Sparrenburg, a very interesting location, although we were some kind of ripped in two parts: the trebuchet inside the castle, aimed at the tower and the rest of the group outside and around it.

The pictures you can see in the slide show are all taken at the second day, because the first day I had neither the time nor the motivation to take pictures. All are taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 18-70mm f 3,5-4,5.

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Museum festival around the Stiftskirche and the Widukind Museum at Enger 2011]]> Museum festival around the Stiftskirche and the Widukind Museum at Enger 2011

It took me some time, but finally I managed to edit and publish these photos.

This was a tour, I made as a guest with the group Experimentum to two festivals, of which this was the first. The second one was at the GENIALE at Bielefeld and was the day after this event. The trip was rather hard, because we had to move all the stuff from Enger to Bielefeld.

The medieval part of the museum festival was rather small. In addition to us, there was only one other group, which reancted the life of Saxons.

All the pictures are taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 18-70mm f 3,5-4,5.

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0200 <![CDATA[Medieval fair Wadenhart at Marienfeld]]> Medieval fair Wadenhart at Marienfeld

Finally I’ve got my first pictures online! Last weekend I was at Wadenhart, a medieval fair at Marienfeld, were I took some pictures with the camera of my father.

It wasn’t the great must see event, but I got to take some good pictures, so I got what I wanted.

The pictures were taken with a Nikon D300 and most of them with a Nikon 18-70mm f 3,5-4,5.

Sun, 15 May 2011 00:00:00 +0200